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Reville, Alma (1899-1982)

Writer, Assistant Director, Continuity

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The wife of Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville is thought to have been a major influence on his work. Formally listed as a story consultant in the credits of many of his films, she informally advised him on virtually all of his productions, helping him find stories and fine-tuning productions.

She began her career in the British film industry in the early 1920s as editor's assistant and script girl, meeting her future husband at Famous Players-Lasky studio in London. They married in 1926, and though she worked on various British films such as Gracie Fields' first starring vehicle, Sally in Our Alley (1931), and with various directors like Berthold Viertel (The Passing of the Third Floor Back, 1935), and Maurice Elvey (The Water Gipsies, 1932), she increasingly concentrated on her husband's productions.

Hitchcock claimed she was his harshest critic, especially adept at identifying inconsistencies and flaws in his plots and he dedicated his 1979 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute to her.

Stephen Shafer, Encyclopedia of British Cinema

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Hitchcock adaptation of Sean O'Casey's play about Irish nationalism

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